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Unfortunately, not as much as we used to. Last week, I had the chance to spend some quality time around Rincon de la Vieja while guiding a trip for the Birding Club of Costa Rica. We stayed at Rinconcito Lodge, birded around there, and spent one morning at the Las Pailas sector of the park. [...]

Continue reading about Birding Costa Rica at Rincon de la Vieja- What to Expect in 2016

admin on November 18th, 2015

Some birds have short names, some names are kind of long. The name for the wild chicken of the Costa Rican highlands falls into the latter category. To be accurate, it’s not really the chicken of the Costa Rican highlands because it doesn’t scratch the forest floor in as many highland spots as say the [...]

Continue reading about Seeing the Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge in Costa Rica

admin on November 12th, 2015

I can’t believe that it’s November. It was easier to accept that part of the calendar while living in Niagara Falls, New York. After Halloween, the surroundings abruptly changed from a russet Autumn brown with golden highlights, to a gray, half-lit world with cold lead waiting in the atmosphere. Taking an hour of the afternoon [...]

Continue reading about Some Tips for Christmas Count Birding in Costa Rica

Last weekend, I had a memorable day of birding near the Pacific port town of Puntarenas. The high point was a much awaited lifer in the form of Arctic Tern (a pretty rare bird in Costa Rica, this year some have shown up on the Pacific coast). If there was a low point, I suppose [...]

Continue reading about Tips for Birding in Costa Rica at Chomes and Puerto Morales

admin on October 29th, 2015

The tenth month of the year isn’t exactly the choice time to visit Costa Rica. In the late 90s, I visited Costa Rica in October and was greeted by massive amounts of rain. I still saw a lot of cool birds but it was one heck of a wet endeavor. That’s normal although in fall, [...]

Continue reading about Some October Birding News for Costa Rica

Are you coming to Costa Rica for birding? If so, you are doing the right thing. If not, and you are ever so slightly inclined to appreciate the natural world, think about becoming a birder before you board that plane. Trust me, I’m doing you a favor because if you do end up catching the [...]

Continue reading about Bird Lists with Abundance for Poas, Cinchona, and El Tapir/Quebrada Gonzalez

admin on October 14th, 2015

We all have our favorite spots for birding, even for those of us who happen to live in a country that is basically one big birding hotspot. That’s what Costa Rica is. Find some good forest and there will be a bunch of birds to watch and take pictures of. Even so, if you want [...]

Continue reading about Some Suggestions for Birding in Manzanillo, Costa Rica

admin on October 8th, 2015

More than 900 species of birds have been identified within the boundaries of Costa Rica. Would you like to learn more about them? Have you ever wondered what they would say? Do you have a sense of humor? If the answer is “Yes”, “Si”, or “Oui”” to all of the above, then the Costa Rica [...]

Continue reading about The First Edition of the Costa Rica Birds Project

admin on September 30th, 2015

In the northern hemisphere, September takes on several meanings. For kids and parents, it’s new shoes, a clear plastic protractor (at least it used to be), notebooks, and other school supplies. For millions of people in the USA, it means that Monday nights will once again be dedicated to football. For the birder, it also [...]

Continue reading about Shorebirds, Dickcissels, and a Missing Aplomado Falcon

admin on September 23rd, 2015

In continuation, this is my take on birding hotspots for major habitats in Costa Rica (see part one for the three main factors used in determining hotspots): The Central Pacific area: We could also just call this “Carara National Park and vicinity” because that is the main hotspot for this part of the country. In [...]

Continue reading about The Real Birding Hotspots in Costa Rica Part Two